Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:30 am– 4:30 pm
A daylong seminar led by Melanie Starr Costello, PhD
Contact hours: 6 CE contact hours for Licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists for this program.
By aligning psycho-spiritual maturation with the natural process, our program envisages individuation as a path that embraces the inextricable relationship between life and death principles and assents to Creation as mystery. We will confront dominant cultural constructs that alienate us from the body and obstruct psyche’s connection with the non-human world. In hope of redress, we construct an alternative model of consciousness, envisaging a nature-based-symbolic attitude that reconnects us with our roots in nature, conjoining mind, soul, and cosmos.
Dr. Costello demonstrates how our environmental crisis and our collective fear of death stem from the same ideological root. She discusses our fear of change and our fear of loss—anxieties that stymie the spirit and inhibit growth. She explores how changes in our bodies and in our life-circumstances may be harnessed as a motive-force for reconnecting us to our roots in nature, opening us to mystery, and honing our intentions in regard to self, others, and our work in the world.
Images, stories, and dream analysis will throw light on the archetypal forces—both fierce and generative—that promote psycho-spiritual maturation. Special attention will be given to the recurrence of cosmological and elemental themes in dreams of individuals undergoing life-transition.
To promote awareness of the link between maturation of consciousness and our acceptance of natural cycles, Dr. Costello will guide us through a life-narrative review. We will discuss the varied archetypal energies that inform our identities and chosen place in the world. We consider: what is the purpose of longevity? What is wisdom? We conclude by reconstructing our portrait of the individuated person, elucidating the nature-based dimensions of social, family and spiritual life.
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- Identify culturally acquired mythic themes underlying and informing patients’ life narratives.
- Describe at least two core images of success in the dominant culture that put aging persons at risk of self-alienation.
- Help patients identify core points of alienation of mind from body and mind from the natural environment.
- Describe mythic and philosophic assumptions underlying collectively shared attitudes toward aging and death.
- Describe “differentiated thinking”, “mythic thinking” and “psychoid state” as three distinctive mental states.
- Describe “polyvalent awareness” as a discipline used to mend dissociation of mind from body and environment.
Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, historian, and senior Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute-Zurich and earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. She formerly served as Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was the Director of Education for the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association and a Trustee for the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as a training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute-Zurich. Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, aging and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge Press.
Contact hours: Six CE contact hours for Licensed NYS Social Workers and Psychoanalysts for this program.
The C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc., SW CPE, is recognized by New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0350.
The C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0015.
C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0068.
Saturday, April 13: 9:30 am–4:30 p.m.
at the C.G. Jung Foundation, 28 East 39th Street, New York City